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Carmel Community Players retools after lost grant; group facing $75,000 debt, loss of longtime venueRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Cash-strapped theater group Carmel Community Players has nixed its summer musical, canceled its Summer Camp for Kids, and pulled out of Carmelfest 2009 after being denied the public funding it has received for years.
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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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Stage designer helps theaters bring stories to lifeRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ashley Odle
Rob Koharchik, 40, has designed sets for local theaters including IRT and the Civic, developing a national reputation along with a keen eye for detail and an uncanny ability to marry form with function.
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'Pirates' anchored by strong performances

March 23, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, pirates take over Indianapolis Opera, and a trio of plays isn't the half of it at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Kondrat gives inspired performance in 'Menagerie' spoof

February 9, 2009
Lou Harry
Playwright Christopher Durang can deliver hilarious results, but in the case of InterAction Theatre's "Durang-O-Rama," he disappoints the audience with too much outrageous, exhausting behavior.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of terrific leading ladies in NYC theater

February 2, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, an ogre's beloved, a troubled and troubling mother, and a cad's catch highlight a sampling of the current Broadway season.
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Theater companies multiply, but audiences don'tRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
New theaters have popped up in Indianapolis and around the United States in recent years, adding to communities' cultural vitality. But a first-of-its-kind national study reveals a trend that could spell trouble: As theaters multiplied, the overall audience shrank.
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A&ERestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, thoughts on three holiday shows-and one in-your-face alternative.
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'Star' scales back on reviewing arts events, much to promoters' dismayRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Star, the state's largest daily newspaper, has scaled back its roster of critics in recent years — a reduction in coverage that put the onus on local arts promoters to get the word out through other channels, such as blogs.
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Enjoy the latest wit from Bob & Tom on CD; relish the voice of Claire Wilcher at 'Cabaret'Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, another stocking stuffer from the Bob and Tom crew and holiday-country music fusion at American Cabaret Theatre.
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Lion King, Hansel & Gretel excel in music, staging and dancingRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, a return visit is made to review "The Lion King" and a Sendak-ed "Hansel and Gretel."
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Spark your holiday spirit with IRT's creative version of 'Carol'Restricted Content

November 24, 2008
Lou Harry
Despite its annual appearance for many years during the holidays, "A Christmas Carol" continues to be produced creatively by fine actors, directors and designers at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
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Visit Museum of Art for 'China's Ming Dynasty Exhibit,' and the Phoenix Theatre for political one actsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, low-key dynasty dynamics at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a mismatched couple at the Phoenix Theatre.
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IU, Sapphire Co. theater productions falter

November 3, 2008
Lou Harry

This week, two attempts at stage bawdiness — "Lysistrata," and "The Wild Party," come up short.

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Beef & Boards stays popular by catering to audience, insisting on quality actorsRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Beef & Boards has survived 3-1/2 decades by giving viewers what they want. "We cater to our audience," said owner and artistic director Doug Stark. "I have no artistic problem with that."
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Actor embraces ho-ho-holiday gigRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Emily Groen
Ty Stover is not your average mall Santa. From his real beard to his jolly laugh and rosy pink cheeks, he is a living, breathing version of St. Nick.
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Concert hall component would test demandRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Entertainment is a big part of a $480 million development proposed for the south side of downtown--plans include a 3,400-seat theater to attract the likes of Bruce Springsteen and first-run tours of Broadway shows such as "Wicked." The question is whether the city can support another midsize venue.
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Theaters decry cutback in newspaper reviewsRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
Local theater leaders are sounding the alarm about a drop in coverage by The Indianapolis Star, saying the lack of ink is hurting attendance and the city's ability to lure new productions to town.
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In second year, IndyFringe Festival starts to draw corporate dollarsRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Nick Crews
IndyFringe is hitting its stride in its second year, according to its executive director, Pauline Moffat. The quirky, alternative-theater festival is garnering corporate support, but still appealing to a younger crowd.
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